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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

cause-specific survival  listen  (kawz-speh-SIH-fik ser-VY-vul)

  The length of time from either the date of diagnosis or the start of treatment for a disease, such as cancer, to the date of death from the disease. Patients who die from causes unrelated to the disease are not counted in this measurement. In a clinical trial, measuring the cause-specific survival is one way to see how well a new treatment works. Also called CSS.